From 1 to 67 in 5.0
During the summer of 2009, a friend and I set out to explore Madison’s bike trails. One (yes, one) mile later, he pointed out my exhaustion. I laughed it off and pretended to dismiss it, but the words stuck with me. Around the same time, my sister pointed at my belly and called me chubby. (No sugar coating from your siblings!) Overweight and out-of-shape was the new me. I knew I had put on a few pounds, but after stepping on a scale for the first time in close to a decade, I realized that “a few pounds” was actually 30 lbs. I was heading in the wrong direction by eating fried foods and drinking way too much beer.
It was time for a change, but I didn’t know what, or how, to change. I didn’t want to go to a gym. I didn’t have a membership to one; I didn’t feel comfortable in one; and I didn’t want to give more money to one. During previous failed attempts with fitness clubs I was intimidated by the free weight room and I was extremely unmotivated by treadmill and elliptical machines. I spent most of my time on the lat pull-down machine. Changing my diet seemed like the next best approach to losing weight. I counted calories and cut out soda, fast food, and fried food. I ate the low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium, low you-name-it version of everything I could find in the freezer section. I lost weight – about 20 pounds – but something was missing. I still didn’t have much energy and I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. Simply changing my diet wasn’t enough.
A friend approached me about Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, a gym that recently opened its first Madison location. I enrolled in the January 2011 session. I was extremely nervous for the first day. Did I just sign up for 10 weeks of Zumba? I was confident that I could do it, but I wasn’t as confident that it would provide the results I wanted. The workouts were intense, but fun. The nutrition was logical and I committed immediately. The results were amazing. I felt like I had entered a time machine! Ten weeks flew by and I kept feeling younger and younger; I was hooked. I soon began instructing classes. I started running and cycling with my new friends from the gym, and I just keep feeling better and better, stronger and stronger. By the end of my first year at Farrell’s I had completed my first half marathon, something that never crossed my mind before joining FXB. Since then I’ve completed more half marathons, a Tough Mudder, and several RAGNAR relays. The past two summers, a group of us completed the 67-mile challenge ride called the Horribly Hilly Hundreds dubbed “The Toughest One-Day Challenge Ride in the Midwest.”
Five years ago, I never imagined doing any of this. It’s been an amazing experience and I can’t thank my Farrell’s family enough for pushing me forward and pulling me along when needed. With this help I was able to go from 1 mile to 67 miles, even if it took 5 years. Wish me luck as I aim to complete my first full marathon next month!
Ryan is a FIT Member at our Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping Madison West location.
Disclaimer: The above testimonial was contributed by an actual member. We cannot guarantee everyone will achieve similar results. We do believe that everyone can achieve measurable results, but the specific results will vary from person to person.
Posted on 09/17/2015, in Franchise News & Events, Transformations and tagged 10-Week Challenge, Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping, Farrell's Madison, FIT, fitness, FXB, FXB Madison, health, healthy-living, life at level 10, Madison fitness, nutrition guidance, RAGNAR, tough mudder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.